The Road to the Dome
The Beatles sang about a “Long and Winding Road”. The Grateful Dead sang “What a long strange trip it’s been.” The Red River Bulldogs strike out for the Superdome on Friday night and if they make it they will be singing both songs and probably several others.
This week they begin another quest for high school football’s Holy Grail, ending at noon December 7th in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bulldogs made it to the third round of the playoffs last year before encountering Ferriday.
Red River’s John Bachman said Franklin and his Bulldogs are mirror images of each other. “They have great athletes who make plays and we will be challenged to match them,” Bachman said. “We are very close on offense in doing the little things the Wing-T requires to be successful. If we can clean up those things, we give ourselves a great chance against anyone we play.”
The brackets show #10 Red River hosting #23 Franklin High at Strother Memorial Stadium Friday night. Franklin is 4-5 overall with their four wins coming against district teams. They are 4-2 in district.
Arch Rival Many finished the season ranked #1 in the state. Red River may have to face Many in the finals. But first, Red River will have to get by #2 Amite and #3 Ferriday on our side of the brackets.
Get to the stadium early. Wear all the Bulldog gear you have and dress warmly. The forecast is calling for a high of 57 on Friday. It will be chilly at kickoff. The game will be broadcast live on The Journal website and social media pages beginning about 6:45pm.
Bulldog Nation take heart! America’s Poet Laureate summed your task up years ago:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
From Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost